University of Kentucky chemical engineering students representing the Lexington and Paducah student chapters of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) were again prominent at the annual AIChE Southern Regional Student Conference. Twenty-eight students from Lexington and sixteen students from the extended campus program in Paducah participated in the conference that was held March 30th – April 1st in Clemson, SC.
Adrianne Shearer made an oral presentation of her research, and Kaitlyn Clark, Brandon Isaac, and David Spencer presented posters of their research.
For the oral paper competition, 21 papers were presented by students from the southern region. UK’s Adrianne Shearer won the second place award from her section. For the poster competition, 35 posters were presented, and David Spencer won the first place overall award.
Adrianne Shearer and Kaitlyn Clark were both participants in the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program hosted by UK (http://nsfreu.engr.uky.edu/). This ten-week program provides rising juniors and seniors with the opportunity to work on multidisciplinary research focusing on Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices.
UK Lexington AIChE Student Chapter officers are: Anastasia Kruse, President; Erica Davis, Vice-President; Chelsea Kovanda and Nichols Aden, Secretary; Chris Ford, Treasurer. Dr. J. Zach Hilt is the chapter advisor.
UK Paducah AIChE Student Chapter officers are: Wesley Whipple, President; Mitchell Peeler, Vice-President; Landon Mott, Secretary; Jonathan Yancy, Treasurer. Dr. David L. Silverstein is the chapter advisor.
The University of Kentucky AIChE student chapters will be co-hosting the 2013 AIChE Southern Regional Student Conference April 5th through 7th next year in Lexington.
*Oral Presentation Details:
Adrianne Shearer, “Effect of CD151 on Initial Adhesion and Detachment of Prostate Cancer Cells”. Faculty Advisors: Kim Anderson and Rich Eitel
*Poster Presentation Details:
Kaitlyn Clark, “Thin Film Silica Membranes for the Recovery of Proteins”. Faculty Advisors: Barbara Knutson and Steve Rankin
Brandon Isaac, “Characterization of Atomically Flat Transition Metal Oxides Substrates for Growth of Complex Oxide Heterostructures”. Faculty Advisor: Ambrose Seo
David Spencer, “Controlled Release of Nanoparticles from Biodegradable Hydrogels”. Faculty Advisor: J. Zach Hilt